Monday, May 31, 2010

Shannon and McWayne

On Saturday my little sister's longtime best friend, and my very dear friend, Shannon married her sweetheart McWayne in the Salt Lake Temple. We were able to witness all the twitterpated, happily-ever-after bliss. Greg and I hired a babysitter and were able to be in the temple for the sealing. Greg then went home to be with the kids while they napped and I attended the luncheon. That evening we went as a family to the reception held at groom's parent's home. The day was perfectly lovely and we could not be more thrilled for the happy couple. We wish the the absolute best and all possible happiness to the newly wedded couple, Shannon and McWayne Mumford!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Hungry for the Games

I have recently read The Hunger Games and Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, and I am hooked! They came highly recommended to me by a few friends, and I am so glad I finally gave them a try. These books have it all: action, romance, suspense. And I have to admit, I am much more Team Peeta than I've ever been Team Edward. If you haven't read them yet, I suggest you do. They are a fun and addicting read. If you have read them, feel free to attend a book group discussion at my house this Thursday at 7:00 pm.

I've also read A Thousand Splendid Suns in the past month and it was, in a word, amazing. This novel was heart wrenching and beautiful. I actually thought it was better than Khaled Housseini's first novel The Kite Runner. I related to the characters more, (probably because they are female), and I thought the political warfare was better explained, and thereby easier to understand in this book. The history of Afghanistan that shapes the plot of this tale is positively eye opening.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Recipe - Cream Cheese Chicken

I tire of eating the same things over and over. In fact, we never repeat a meal more than once a month. I try to work in a new recipe every other week or so to add variety as well. This past week I came across a winner that I will be sure to make again. It was so very easy, and very yummy. Of course, I might be a little biased in my evaluation of the dish's taste since I absolutely love cream cheese. I stand by the motto, if it has cream cheese in it, it has to be good!

Cream Cheese Chicken

1/2 c. butter
1 envelope Italian salad dressing mix
2 lb. chicken breasts
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 8 oz. package of cream cheese

Melt butter in slow cooker on high. Once butter has melted, stir in salad dressing mix. Cut chicken into one inch strips and stir into butter mixture. Cover and cook for 2 hours, or until chicken is cooked. Remove chicken to plate, and add soup and cream cheese to butter mixture. Stir until smooth and creamy. Return chicken to the sauce mixture. Serve over rice or hot buttered noodles.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Seven Month Photo Shoot

These are my favorite shots from Brody's seven month photos taken at JC Penney Portrait Studio. He is always bright eyed and always smiling. He is just so sweet and so lovable; I can't help cuddle him and kiss him constantly!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Ten Things...

I currently cannot get through the day without.
  1. Sharing kisses with my little boys
  2. Mascara
  3. Chocolate
  4. Talking and laughing with Greg
  5. Prayer
  6. The Boppy
  7. The boys' naptime
  8. Google
  9. Our scheduled family calendar
  10. Mint Chapstick

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mothers Day

What a fabulous Mothers Day I had! Greg spoiled me! He let me sleep in and got the kids up and ready for church. He made me breakfast, sausage, bacon, and egg biscuit sandwiches. He gave me flowers, and even more touching, purchased some flowers to take to my mom. He also gave me a gift card to Kohls and a cookbook, as well as a "potato bank" (a silly reference to Malcolm in the Middle) from Palmer. What a thoughtful, creative and funny man I married!

We went to church, where Palmer proceeded to be a maniac, and came home early after sacrament meeting since he was so out of control and needed a nap. Greg also took a nap, being so exhausted from playing mom early that morning. Haha.

We went to Aaron and Emily's house to have dinner with Greg's side of the family. The cousins played and we were able to wish Greg's Mom as well as his Grandma a Happy Mothers Day. We ate chicken enchiladas, Spanish rice, and chips with dips. I made cheesecake for dessert.

Then we headed on over to my Dad's home to celebrate London's birthday with my side of the family. We were served German chocolate cake and ice cream. Pappy took Palmer and Davis on a walk to the park, and there is always a willing arm to hold Brody, so I received a nice break.

We ended the evening with a trip to the cemetery to visit my mom. I shed a few tears. Mothers Day will always be a tad bittersweet for me. She was such an amazing mom. I miss her so very, very much. How grateful for the knowledge that I will be able to be with her again, and how grateful I am for my adorable boys, and wonderful husband, who make sure there are far more sweet moments than bitter.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Seven Months Old

Brody is growing up so quickly! I can't believe that he is now closer to a year old than his birthday. He continues to be a very pleasant and happy baby, even amid a whole lot of teething. He smiles nonstop and rarely cries. He even behaves fairly well for babysitters now. He is definitely going to be a mover just like his brother. He is not yet mobile, yet still finds ways to get himself to rock, bounce, shake and roll. We love him so much; he brings so much joy to our lives! This is what Brody is up to at seven months of age.

He has learned to: roll over, jump around in his jumperoo, and is becoming more vocal

He likes: peek-a-boo, tickles, playing with his brother, bouncers, relaxing on the floor, playing with toys, playing with his toes, sucking on his hands, being held and cuddled, going outside, nursing and baby food (especially bananas)

He dislikes: being alone, belly time, and eating solid food (doesn't even like baby crackers)

Things he does/about him that make us laugh: smiles all the time, likes to grunt, pumps his legs like a machine to rock his bouncer or car seat, is always grabbing my hair, mimics funny faces, big grins and big laughs

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Two Years

Palmer is officially a two year old. Even though he very much acts like a two year old, and has been for the last few months, I still cannot believe how quickly he has grown. He is one very energetic, personable, smart and all around adorable little boy. We love him so very, very much! This is what is going on with Palmer at two years of age.

His stats: 36 inches tall, 28.8 pounds

He has learned: to say just about anything and communicate well, to open child-locked doors, to drink from a cup, to get his own cup of water, to help clean up (put away toys, wipe up spills, throw garbage away, put his dishes in the sink, etc.), to blow his nose, to match shapes and colors, to move chairs and stools around so that he can climb up and get to whatever he wants including a cup and pouring his own glass of water, to climb out of his crib, to say prayers (with help from Mom and Dad) and to count to three

He likes: The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, cleaning, reading books, going on walks or to the park, fruit snacks, string cheese, juice, popsicles, playing in water, baths with his brother Brody, balloons, bubbles, getting samples at Costco, going to the daycare and playing with friends

He dislikes: sharing, going down for naps or going to bed at night, having to sit still at church, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and staying at home all day

Things he does that makes us laugh: plays with Brody, makes sure to give a kiss on both cheeks (he tells us “other side” to make sure we get the second cheek), gives full on big kisses on the mouth to his little girl friend at the daycare, sings along with songs, overly animated expressions, calls a person's chest "babies" since his mom breastfeeds, mimics everything he sees us do, and a lot of giggles and laughs

Monday, May 3, 2010

Palmer's Second Birthday

Palmer turned two Sunday, May 2. We sang and wished him Happy Birthday all morning long. He was so thrilled with the extra attention that by the time we got to church he was singing happy birthday to himself very loudly as we entered the chapel for Sacrament Meeting. We had both sides of the family over to celebrate with a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed birthday party. Mickey and the gang are his absolute favorite right now. We had dinner: hot dogs (in honor of the “Hot Dog Song” from The Mickey Mouse Clubhouse), chips, a vegetable tray and Mickey Mouse shaped cheeses. Palmer opened presents. We gave him a potty. He also received: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse movies, an inflatable pool, a building set, a Mickey Mouse shirt, a Handy Manny doll and shirt, and two tricycles. He sure is loved! We served cake and ice cream. After a couple of tries, Palmer was able to blow out his candle. The party was so much fun and Palmer had an absolute blast. As Mickey would say, “What a hot dog day!”